Need New Carpet installed by Christmas?
©Alan J. Fletcher – Carpet Expert, Consumer Advocate & Webmaster at AbcCarpets.com
If you’ve got friends and relatives coming over for the holidays you might be considering replacing your old worn out carpet. Here are some “insider” tips & tricks to help you choose new carpet wisely, save money and hopefully make sure you have it installed before your holiday guests arrive!
Every year, right after Halloween there is always a hot rush to buy new carpet, but some homeowners end up waiting too long and discover that they can’t get their new carpet installed in time for Christmas and other holiday events.
There are two ways to buy new carpet; Buying “in stock” carpet from local carpet retailer or ordering from a manufacturer’s carpet sample and wait for your new carpet to be shipped on a truck from Dalton Georgia.
Buying “In Stock” Carpet
If you want your new carpet installed fastest, you might want to consider buying carpet that is available locally “in stock” There are always plenty of rolls of carpet readily available for immediate installation at local carpet retailers. The main benefit is that you can have it installed rather quickly and the prices can be quite reasonable.
The downside is that the carpet selection is usually limited to stock on-hand; it can be difficult to determine the grade or quality of the carpet in question; the carpet may be “second grade” goods and there might not be any manufacturer’s warranty coverage.
Ordering New Carpet from the Manufacturer
Every carpet retailer has carpet samples that you can take home and consider for a few days. The benefit of ordering new carpet from the mill is that you are guaranteed to get “first quality” carpet and you will always get the full manufacturer’s warranty. You also have the benefit of selecting the exact grade or quality you require and choose the color and style that you really want.
The downside is that you will have to wait for the carpet to be shipped before you can have it installed. It can take one to four weeks for your carpet to arrive, perhaps longer if the weather is bad or unforeseen problems arise.
If you decide to order from a sample, then you need to make sure you have your home measured accurately and place your order as soon as possible.
To help ensure you get your new carpet installed in time for the holidays:
- If you want your new carpet installed before Thanksgiving, you should place your order no later than October 26th.
- If you want you have your new carpet installed before December 24th, you should place your order before November 23th.
- If you want your new carpet installed before January 30th, you should place your order no later than November 28th.
Every retailer has a different timeframe for scheduling installations so check with your local dealer as soon as possible. Take the time to do your carpet homework and you will stand the best chance of choosing new carpet wisely, saving money and having your new carpet installed long before your holiday guests arrive!
How to Choose the Right Carpet for YOU!
In order to save the absolute most money possible and get the whole job done correctly from start to finish, you need to make wise & informed choices. I have dozens of pages and articles posted on my website that you can freely access to learn about how to buy new carpet wisely. In order to be completely satisfied with your New Carpet purchase you need to consider all the following and more:
Selecting the Right Carpet
The carpet samples you see at the carpet store may look and feel great, but some carpets will mat down and begin to wear out within a year or two. You can’t tell if a carpet is well-made just by its look or feel. You need to know how to interpret all the various carpet specifications to determine if the carpet will be a suitable choice for you.
The main 4 carpet specifications are: Fiber type; Tuft twist; Face-weight and Pile density. Homeowners need access to complete and accurate product information in order to make wise and informed carpet choices. This information is normally found on a label affixed to the back of every carpet sample. Learn what these specifications mean and how to interpret them on my website.
Homeowners often rely on the advice and suggestions of carpet salespeople. Unfortunately, some carpet retailers hire salespeople who are good at selling, but lack sufficient carpet knowledge and experience. Don’t allow the salesperson to make carpet or padding choices for you.
Selecting the right carpet padding
Selecting the right padding is very important. Padding has three main specifications to consider depending on your needs and goals. It’s important that you select the right type, thickness and density rating that is appropriate to your carpet selection and application. Some pads are better for use on stairs; some are better for basement applications; and it’s important that you meet the carpet manufacturer’s padding requirements or you might void your new carpet warranty.
Where to Shop for Carpet
Depending on where you live, you may have limited choices as to where you can conveniently shop for new carpet for your home. In rural areas, there are usually fewer choices and you may need to drive to a more populated area to have more choices and better options. Not all carpet stores carry the same grade and price point of carpet. Some carpet retailers cater to high end clientele while others cater to apartment owners or “do-it-yourself” customers. Visit a local carpet retailer with a good selection of the styles, quality level and pricing of carpet that you are interested in buying.
Many carpet stores have a hard time finding qualified carpet installers. Installed wrong, your new carpet can lose half its intended life span. It is your responsibility to make sure your carpet is installed correctly. On my website you can find out how to determine if your installer is properly licensed, bonded and insured to install your carpet in your state, what questions to ask and how to check references. Print out and use my free Carpet Installation Inspection Form and do a thorough walk-through with your carpet installer when he is finished and before he leaves the jobsite.
Visit www.AbcCarpets.com to learn more…You can:
- Take my Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to learn what grade of carpet you need to buy based on your own personal needs and goals.
- Print out my Free Carpet Shopping Form!
- Print out my Free Carpet Installation Inspection Form
- Have carpet buying questions? Free email service: “Ask the Carpet Expert”
- Buy from a Reputable Carpet Dealer! See my list of Preferred Carpet Dealers!